Welcome to the Center for Advanced
Liquid crystal photo provided by
Professor Oleg D. Lavrentovich.
Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials
In order to remain competitive, the U.S. needs an equally strong, integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the understanding, design, and production of these materials. It is the mission of the Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM) to provide that focus.
Based at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University,
ALCOM consolidates the internationally recognized and complementary expertise
of scientists from Kent State University, Case Western
Reserve University, and the University of Akron
and integrates their activities with liquid crystal research worldwide.
The ALCOM consortium serves as an essential link between the academic and business worlds through workshops where industrial and government researchers can obtain meaningful training. Here, too, participating industry can acquire prototypes needed for funding or market study and advanced materials for the development of new or improved projects.
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|Principal Investigators||Industrial Partnership Program|
|Publications and Patents||Industrial Partners
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|ALCOM Update Newsletters||Resource Facility|
|ALCOM Symposia||ALCOM Success Stories|
|Liquid Crystals Short Course
Next course: Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2002
|ALCOM Research Projects|
ALCOM maintains educational programs at all levels of training. K-12 programs take advantage of the unique and attractive optical properties of these materials to teach and create interest in basic science. Undergraduate through postgraduate programs prepare scientists and engineers for the work force in industry as well as government and university laboratories.
K-12 Education Outreach Program
High School students simulate liquid
crystal phases during an ALCOM
Chemical Physics Graduate Program, Kent State University
Polymer and Liquid Crystals Tutorial, Case Western Reserve University
International Liquid Crystal Society
ILCS Home Page
19th ILCC, Edinburgh UK, June 30-July 5, 2002
18th ILCC, Sendai, Japan, July 24-28, 2000
17th ILCC, Strasbourg, France, July 19-24, 1998. Photos and ALCOM participation.
16th ILCC, Kent State University, June 24-28, 1996.
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NSF Anniversary Web Site
|ALCOM salutes the
National Science Foundation
on its 50th anniversary.
|Dr. John L. West, Director
Liquid Crystal Institute
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242 USA
Tel: (330) 672-2654
Fax: (330) 672-2796
|Prof. Jack L. Koenig, Associate
Department of Macromolecular Science, K.H. Smith Hall
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7202
Tel: (216) 368-4176
Fax: (216) 368-4171